As a business owner, I recognise my responsibility to stay mindful of the impact Rustic Rascal is having on our environment. I am continuously reviewing and researching this aspect of my business and it's something I'm committed to, to ensure that you can shop with me and feel guilt-free. Below are my eco-friendly efforts.
From 1st June 2019, I’m making a commitment to ensure that the supplies used are either recycled, supplied by FSC certified companies, or are recyclable and bio-degradable. I always check the environmental policies of suppliers carefully before making a decision about ordering materials from them. If they don’t mention helping the planet on their sites, they’re straight in the bin! Learn about The Paperbox Ltd's FSC Accreditation here, and this is what The Papermill Direct say about my trusty old kraft cardstock which I use on a daily basis "One main advantage to kraft paper card is that it’s bio-based, renewable and bio-degradable, so you can rest assured that the products within this range are highly recyclable, compostable and eco-friendly."
Because I sell paper goods, nailing plastic-free packaging that would still keep my stationery and prints protected from the elements was a struggle, but I got there! I have taken the Naked Card pledge which promises plastic free packaging. I send some of my items naked, just straight into the mailers, i protect some of my products using a brown paper bag, or very occasionally a bio-degradable alternative to plastic cello bags. My display bags are made from vegetable starches instead and they do the same job. My padded mailers are certified plastic free. For large orders, I’ll re-use any plastic protective stuff I've received, or line my boxes with corrugated card protection, or sometimes just scrunched or shredded paper. I even try to re-use some shipping boxes I've received when I have the right sizes, which don't always look the prettiest, but it's what's inside that counts! If you receive something bubbley or plasticy from me, I can 100% guarantee it's been re-used and I have not bought these in. It’s an ongoing process which is always changing and improving so there may be alternative packaging suppliers I use in future, but I will always ensure the items I use are planet friendly!
Rustic Rascal’s only chosen online shopping platform is Etsy. Etsy is the first major online shopping destination to offset 100% of carbon emissions from shipping. Every time you purchase one of my items from Etsy, they balance out the carbon emissions by creating positive environmental impact. You can learn more here and watch their video.
Rustic Rascal uses HP ink. They “eliminate waste with closed-loop recycling”. HP Planet Partners ensure their ink cartridges are manufactured with reformed plastics, consisting of plastics from previously recycled cartridges and recycled plastics from other sources. Watch their inspiring work here. The new Xerox Versalink C800 printer i use holds the following environmental certificates: Energy Star, ECOLOGO, EPEAT and Blue Star. Find out more here.
Last updated August 2020. All Rustic Rascal's Policies, Processes, T's and C's
are subject to review in May of each year, unless necessary sooner.